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N.H. Senate Bill Redefines Domicile For Voting Purposes, Reignites Voting Rights Debate

New Hampshire Public Radio

We're discussing proposed changes, under Senate Bill 3, to the state's legal definition of domicile:  

An inhabitant's domicile for voting purposes is that one place where a person, more than any other place, has established a physical presence and manifests an intent to maintain a single continuous presence for domestic, social, and civil purposes relevant to participating in democratic self-government.  A person has the right to change domicile at any time, however a mere intention to change domicile in the future does not, of itself, terminate an established domicile before the person actually moves.  

Supporters of Senate Bill 3 say the above definition needs clarifying and tightening in order to avoid voting abuses. Opponents say proposed changes are, at best, unnecessary, and at worst, could dissuade certain people from going to the polls. 


  • State Senator Regina Birdsell - Republican State Senator from Derry. She is Chair of the Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee and is the lead sponsor of SB3, which redefines domicile for voting purposes. 
  • John Greabe - Professor of Law at UNH School of Law.
  • Cordell Johnston - Government Affairs Counsel with the New Hampshire Municipal Association. 
  • Casey McDermott - Digital reporter for NHPR.
  • David Scanlan - N.H. Deputy Secretary of State.
  • Senator Jeff Woodburn - Democratic State Senator from Whitefield. He serves on the Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee.

What's the difference between domicile and residency? Read this.













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